Dave Filoni and John Favreau ‘fiercely’ debated The Mandalorian’s Grogu
It turns out The Mandalorian crew had a hard time getting to grips with Baby Yoda.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, executive producer Dave Filoni revealed that young Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) was a bit of a sticking point during production.
“Honestly, it’s something I would never have done because yoda is Yoda,” he said. “I think people now look back and think it was like a slam dunk. But we were very careful. The amount of metrics, especially in the first season, for how we framed this kid asked a lot of efforts.
When The Mandalorian debuted in 2019, Baby Yoda was an instant hit. It was the opposite of what happened with Jar-Jar Binks – everyone loved the little green guy who would end up being called Grogu… but the Lucasfilm team wasn’t so sure.
Part of that was due to the original concept art. Vanity Fair’s report describes off-putting images of wrinkled and wild hands that had the show’s creators guessing about the character. Luckily, a flawless artwork by Chris Alzmann made Grogu a reality. “He had kind of a goofy, ugly look,” Favreau said. “We didn’t want him to be too cute.”
Baby Yoda, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. pic.twitter.com/0Ie1NbRWns
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Another point of debate over whether Grogu should be a character was lore, which dates back to the legacy of George Lucas. Favreau and Filoni didn’t want to dispel the mystery surrounding Yoda – a creature whose origin remains a secret to this day. If you reveal too much about Grogu, you risk revealing even more about the mysterious Jedi Master.
“It gave us pause,” Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy revealed. “[Jon Favreau] and Dave [Filoni] debated quite fiercely.
But it’s also about how these Star Wars characters are perceived. Think back to Episode I: The Phantom Menace and you’ll get an idea of why Lucasfilm might have been reluctant.
Jar-Jar Binks was the prequel trilogy’s attempt to create a fun, childish character who would likely move a lot of cargo. But the character has long been decried after his terrible reception. Even the Ewoks weren’t a smash hit with everyone. Thankfully, Grogu has already passed the test and become an instant hit with fans.
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